Given the widespread availability of Cheetos in the West, many Muslims are unclear on whether these are halal or haram. The general rule of thumb for food is that if it is not specifically mentioned as being halal in Islam then it will usually be considered haram.
This doesn’t mean that all processed and junky foods like Cheetos are haram but you would need to personally ask a qualified Mufti or person with knowledge of Islamic rulings.
Are Cheetos halal?
In short, no they are not. The main reason to why Cheetos are not considered halal is because of their ingredients and how they are made. They contain many ingredients that can be haram (unlawful) for Muslims to consume.
One of them is Monosodium glutamate (MSG) which can be derived from either pork or beef residue, both of which are haram for Muslims to eat. Another ingredient that might be haram is whey, which can also be derived from pork or beef residue.
Even if the ingredients are not made from pork or beef they can be haram for Muslims to consume. This is because of the way they can be processed. One example of this is all the artificial colors that are used in Cheetos and can be derived from insects, which Muslims are unable to eat because of the Islamic rule stating that one should avoid “unclean” food.
Another example is when they are fried in a joint which has been used to fry other foods before, however there is no Islamic rule against this practice.
Why are Cheetos haram?
It is common for the ingredients and manufacturing processes found in Cheetos to be haram for Muslims. For example, all of the artificial colors that are used in Cheetos can be derived from insects or genetically modified materials (GMOs), which Muslims are prohibited from consuming according to Islamic law.
Another reason why many people think Cheetos are halal is because they think they just contain pork or beef. However, if it were true then any food containing these ingredients would have been halal by definition.
The fact is that Cheetos are artificially created and don’t contain pork or beef. It’s just that how they are made, such as the use of pork or beef byproducts, or the use of food coloring that can be derived from insects makes them haram for Muslims to consume.
Another point to consider is how some parts of Cheetos contain pork or beef byproducts as ingredients. For example, the red “cheese” powder is made from a mixture of corn starch and tallow (cow fat). Again, if pork or beef aren’t actually present then any food made from their byproducts would be halal.
Labor is another major concern when it comes to the production process of Cheetos. Many are manufactured in factories that staff members regard as living hell. The work conditions are hazardous and sweatshop-like and many employees suffer from injuries or poor health conditions as a result.
Do Cheetos have pork?
Yes, Cheetos contain pork or pork byproducts. Most artificial coloring that is used in Cheetos can be derived from insects, which Muslims are prohibited from consuming. It also contains pork or beef byproducts, which makes it haram for Muslims.
Do Cheetos contain alcohol?
No, Cheetos don’t have alcohol in them at all. They’re absolutely alcohol-free.
Are Cheetos cheese Flavour halal?
No, Cheetos cheese Flavour isn’t halal. It contains pork or beef by-products, which makes it haram for Muslims to consume. Cheetos Cheese Flavours are dyed red by beet juice to give them a cheesy look.
Are Hot Cheetos halal?
No, Hot Cheetos aren’t halal. Much like original Cheetos and other Cheetos flavors, Hot Cheetos aren’t halal because of the animal enzymes used.
Are there any Muslims that believe Cheetos are halal?
Yes, there are Muslims who believe that Cheetos are halal. However, we do not share this belief. Cheetos ingredients include cheese powder and milk. These products aren’t grown and processed in a manner consistent with Islamic law.
What are Cheetos made of?
Cheetos is made from a corn-based cereal, which is then fried. To make the corn more flavorful, they add salt, flavorings and colorings. Then they sweeten it with sugar and partly hydrogenated soybean oil.
This combination of ingredients has led some Muslims to believe that Cheetos are halal. In truth, this product isn’t halal because it contains pork or beef byproducts and isn’t made from a lawful type of meat.
Can I eat Cheetos during Ramadan?
No. Because this product isn’t halal, you can’t eat it during Ramadan or any other time of the year. Any food that contains pork or alcohol is haraam (unlawful) and can’t be eaten under any circumstance.
Conclusion: Is eating Cheetos Halal or Haram?
Is eating them Halal or Haram? To answer this question we have to determine whether the ingredients of Cheetos are Halal or Haram. The ingredients, according to the Wikipedia page, are cornmeal, rice flour, and cheddar cheese powder. The first ingredient on the list (cornmeal) is not a pure corn product, as it contains other ingredients; therefore it is not allowed in Islam.
The second ingredient on the list (Rice flour) is allowed in Islam because it is just rice. The third ingredient on the list (cheddar cheese powder) is not allowed in Islam, since it contains dairy ingredients.
We can conclude from these ingredients that Cheetos are not allowed to eat in Islam because they contain haram ingredients.
If you are looking for a tasty savory halal snack you may be pleased to know that Takis are a great halal alternative to Cheetos.
Comments from our readers…
Willm Davis said: “I just checked the ingredients and I agree that cornmeal is not acceptable. It would be more accurate to say that Cheetos are not specifically banned but should be avoided for Muslims as a precaution. I’m not sure on the cheese powder, but if it’s made from cow’s milk it would be haram.”
Ann said: “This is the right thing to do, even if the ingredients are halal the process of making Cheetos is not halal. So they should be avoided.”
Naveed said: “Cheetos are not halal because of the cow milk used in the cheese powder, but if you are not going to eat Cheetos I would rather you use halal cheese.”
Nadeem said: “Yes, they are not halal because of the cheese powder, but it is all right if you don’t eat them anyway.”
Stephanie R. said: “Because cow milk is not allowed in Islam, and these are made with cow milk.”